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The May 20 primary is little more than seven weeks away and the area's first political debate of the 2014 political season took place Monday afternoon (March 10).

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:23pm

Fielding more candidates and having more contested primaries has the Arkansas GOP in new territory in modern history and experts argue if the trend could be short-lived or permanent as well as what the new dynamic may mean for the top of each political party’s ticket.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:43pm

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Mike Ross received the endorsement of the statewide teachers’ union on Saturday and his probable Republican challenger wasted no time tagging Ross with a “liberal” label.

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 6:15pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was back in his home state Thursday night (March 6) to speak at the NWA Financial Forum, presented by Mach 1 Financial Group.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:18pm

For anyone who has ever wondered how the order of candidates is determined on a ballot, the answer came at the Sebastian County Election Commission Friday morning (March 7) as the ballot draw for the 2014 primary election was held.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:53pm

Members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce received an update Friday morning (March 7) on the current state of the so-called Private Option, Arkansas' answer to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), where money that would be spent on Medicaid coverage for poor Arkansans is instead

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:48pm

A dearth of political candidates for legislative seats, tough allegations against the poultry industry, thoughts on “New Tech” schools and an excited trucking exec are part of the March 7 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:34am

A dearth of political candidates for legislative seats, tough allegations against the poultry industry, growth in Hispanic buying power and comments about “intimidator” Putin are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for March 7.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:26am

The effort to build a new jail in Crawford County has taken another step forward with the tentative selection of a location for the proposed facility. According to Sheriff Ron Brown, the county has selected a location just east of Van Buren on U.S. Highway 64.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:15pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Thursday (March 6) the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Jeffery "Scott" Baxter, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees. Appointment expires Jan. 1, 2018. Replaces Timothy Webb.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:47pm

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an audience of several thousand Wednesday night that Russia's takeover of the Crimean peninsula was a "violation of international law" as Crimea is a part of a sovereign state, Ukraine.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:39pm

Fayetteville attorney Timothy Brooks has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:50pm

Construction of a new tournament softball facility at Chaffee Crossing will move forward later in 2014 after a series of votes by the Fort Smith Board of Directors Tuesday night (March 4).

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:22pm

One of the first actions of the new Arkansas governor will not be policy-related once the individual takes office in 2015.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:46pm

President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday (March 4) his 2015 budget proposal he says will cut deficits, put Americans to work, promote national security and will “redesign high schools to help students succeed in today’s economy.” The budget plan drew criticism from Arkansas’ Congressional delegati

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:56pm

The growth of year-to-date tax collections in Arkansas is on a downward trend, and the February gross revenue number was below the budget forecast. The February report also showed a continued decline in collections related to consumer spending.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:39pm

On a fifth and final effort, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed a funding measure for the private option health insurance program. The bill passed the House by a 76-24 margin.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:28pm

Three faculty members with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and The City Wire will collaborate to deliver a series of political-based essays and reports beginning in March.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 5:31pm

Local candidate filings concluded Monday (March 3) at noon across the state, even as icy roads made traveling treacherous throughout much of the state.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 5:15pm

A blast of winter weather may have closed schools, governments and businesses across Northwest Arkansas, but regardless of the weather, employees of the Benton and Washington County Clerks had to report to work Monday (March 3) for the last day of candidate filing, which ended at noon.

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:36pm

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